, Corbin, KY


November 18, 2013

Eliminating every earthly flaw

CORBIN — Not only tracking down every squeak and rattle, but every car must feel right — when driving, or seeking the right temperature, or touching the knob for adjusting the stereo, or closing the door or clicking the seatbelt. Quality control executives for auto companies used to be focused on making sure the car runs; a quality that is taken for granted today.

Car buyers today are raising the bar in auto expectation — how does the car sound and handle” Is the car’s ride a bite too soft or too stiff? When cornering are you sliding in your seat or does your seat hold you in place? For most car buyers the top of the list for wants is how does it look? When driving how do I look? It has to be beautiful inside and out. Will people notice and be impressed?

We live in a world demanding ever fewer errors and flaws, which certainly deserves esteem and respect. On the horizon is perhaps the most significant effort to reach perfection – culling out embryo chromosomal abnormalities along with scanning the entire genotype of the embryo, therein assuring a perfect baby — no Downs syndrome, no eventual Alzheimer’s or heart disease. Such utero analysis of the embryo might eventually be used to select gender, height, IQ, color of hair and even the promise of life-long, robust health. This quest for a perfect baby (and consequently a perfect adult ) assumes the procedure of eliminating the imperfect embryo by abortion.

Such extravagant and elaborate measures to attain automobile and biological perfection by today’s relentless search, is in great contrast to today’s typical interest in spiritual perfection. Prayer, worship, observing the commandments, generously committing time and money to help others, are far from being in vogue.

Our society avidly seeks material and bodily perfection with so many having no interest or even a faint idea of a spiritual life; a life of joyful faith empowerment with a loving God. The words of Jesus, “If you want to be perfect, go sell what you have, give it to the poor, and then follow me. You will have treasures laid up for you in heaven” [Mt 19:21] and “He who seeks to save his life will lose it.” [Mt.10:39] are words that remain mysterious and aloof for many. How many of our contemporaries are willing to prioritize the life that is forever hereafter.

The work is cut out for those called to evangelize (to proclaim the Gospel words of eternal life) which includes me and hopefully you.

“The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few” [Mt. 9:37]

“Be ye perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” [Mt.5:48]

Eliminating every earthly flaw is a constant and worthy human effort. However, faithlessness and sin need to be at the top of the list.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven.” [ Mt .6:33]

The Rev. John Burkhart  Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor of  psychology blog at inspirationsandideas


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